Thursday, June 30, 2016
Tuesday, June 28, 2016
I love using thickened dye and each time I incorporate the technique into a surface design project I learn something new. Working in plein air allows me to grab foliage from the side yard and the freedom to try out different plants. TIP: I've learned over time to grab the leaves with a more distinctive texture on the underside. My goal is to print a pattern - however - if you like a more solid design you can use leaves that are smooth on the underside. Try them both to see what appeals to you!
|There are recipes out there to walk you through the steps to mixing your own print paste but being an instant gratification gal I purchase a mix from Pro Chemical & Dye! I mix the paste with water to reach the consistency of molasses and store in the container on the right. Combining a one to one ratio of soda ash/salt/baking soda I store in the container on the left. Both the wet paste and dry mixtures will store for a very long time. When I'm ready to dye I mix about a cup of the paste/water mixture and a teaspoon of the soda ash/salt/baking soda combination into a cup. I add a teaspoon of dye powder and slowly add water stirring the whole time. You want to reach the molasses consistency again for this project.|
You must wear a mask when working with dye powder!
|Grab some leaves - in this case I'm using grape leaves.|
|We will be working on the underside of the leaf. Using a sponge brush cover the surface as best as you can. The leaves can be delicate so paint softly!|
|Lay the leaf on the fabric!|
|I use a scrap of cloth to cover the leaf and roll a brayer over it. The consistent pressure ensures all the dye is transferred to the fabric and the cloth keeps the brayer clean for repeated use.|
|Remove the fabric...|
|Remove the leaf to reveal the print! I find the leaves are good for about 4 prints each before they get super thin and hard to work with.|
|Here is another example of printed leaves. I gathered these leaves from the yard but I don't know what the name of this plant is.|
|Look at the lovely details left by the textured underside of the leaf! Once the dye has cured for at least 5 hours you can wash and dry like any other dyed fabric. You can stop the design right here or keep going.|
|I decided the grape leaves were too plain. Once I washed and pressed the fabric I went back outside. Pinning my fabric to the table I randomly applied 3 different greens paints across the surface. I added a few swirls of Raw Sienna paint for interest and lastly I dropped gold metallic paint over the fabric - gotta have a little bling! |
The fabric paint was SetaColor.
Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Working in Plein Air - Finding Creative Inspiration - Fabric Painting, Dyeing and Discharging Fabrics from a Clothesline!
The final technique I tried was pouring fabric paint into the bottles. I began by splattering some paint onto the fabric surface while it was laying flat. My thought was to have some paint on the fabric to get the process started more quickly once it was hung. I also thinned the paint with water to encourage it to run fast and free down the fabric.
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
|You will never look at old rusting objects in quite the same way again!|
|When in full "dyeing mode" Maggie will stay outside everyday for hours at a time.|
| Soak the fabric in the white vinegar/water solution. |
Wrap the rusted objects in fabric and cover with plastic for a minimum of 24 hours.
|TIP: Maggie will sometimes incorporate botanical materials and powdered dyes in her work. These eco dyeing projects require boiling for long periods of time - all done in her outdoor space!|
|Have fun with your rusted fabric designs! |
Work with the natural design elements to see what they will become.
|Try Maggie's tip of eco printing in your outdoor space. There are many blogs to learn more about this process.|
Maggie is a contemporaneity textile artist, author and travel photographer. She recently published, Stone Threads available from her website at the end of this month.
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Next week mixed media artist Lori Hancock McCown will join the conversation sharing work inspired by working outdoors!
Tuesday, June 7, 2016
For Sue working outdoors began as an extension of an interest in and observation of her surrounding environment. Sue says this approach forms the basis of her creative process. She spends as much time as possible outside, hiking and gardening, and that spills over into other aspects of her life. Sue feels making artwork or the components for artwork outdoors now seems as natural as planting flowers or picking vegetables for dinner!
|Sue Reno getting up close and personal with some spring crocus. I'm sure the color, texture and shapes will find their way into a design!|
|TIP: Once you place your object on the wet fabric apply a little more paint around the edges. This creates a more precious outline as the paint dries.|
|Try all kinds of masks in your sun printing|
Any object is fair game!
|Rethink your solid colored hand dyes. Use sun printing to create a new look |
with layers of fabric paint
|Nature is never perfect so don't leave out the fun foliage that's been tasted, torn or otherwise lived on when selecting flora for printing!|
|Giant Ferns - sometimes it's just fun to go for the biggest foliage you can find. These ferns are about 30" tall!|
Jacquard Cyanotype Starter Set - Dharma Trading Co
Thursday, June 2, 2016
Place the fabric somewhere it can be undisturbed until the ice is completely melted (like a hot driveway). I leave the fabric on the board for 24 hours to allow the paint to cure. The final step is to press with a warm dry iron. This step sets the paint so don’t forget to do it. Painted fabric can be washed delicately but the preferred method would be to spot clean as needed. Paint sits on the surface of the fabric so it can lose its brilliance if treated too harshly. With that being said I made a painted silk bandana for hiking that I washed all the time and it was fine but you should experiment and decide for yourself.